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Ranking Every MLB Manager From Worst to First

Ranking Every MLB Manager From Worst to First

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It would be an understatement to simply suggest that managing a Major League Baseball team is a difficult job. It is also a wide ranging job in which the man has to be everything from a councilor to a baseball genius to a psychologist at times. In addition to the demands of the job, it is in large part a thankless position where in many cases the best manager in the world is only one bad season away from being out of work.

30 – Kirk Gibson – Arizona Diamondbacks

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30 – Kirk Gibson – Arizona Diamondbacks

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The fact that many of his players reportedly tried to convince management to hire Matt Williams as their new manager and to cut Gibson loose, coupled with the team's struggles creates the reasoning for this ranking. He is very likely to be the first manager of 2014 to get the boot.

29 – Lloyd McClendon – Seattle Mariners

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29 – Lloyd McClendon – Seattle Mariners

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All the money in the world doesn't create a winning atmosphere and the Mariners are quickly falling way behind once again. Even with the highest paid second baseman in the league and a new manager, things aren't all that different right now.

28 – Buck Showalter – Baltimore Orioles

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28 – Buck Showalter – Baltimore Orioles

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Showalter is a good manager but the Orioles should be better than they are right now. There is a significant drop from his spot to the two that come after him however.

27 – Mike Scioscia – Los Angeles Angels

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27 – Mike Scioscia – Los Angeles Angels

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Scioscia was thought to be on the way out in 2013 but I really thought he deserved at least one more season. If they continue to struggle for the rest of this season as well, it might be time.

26 – Bryan Price – Cincinnati Reds

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26 – Bryan Price – Cincinnati Reds

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While Price has done a fine job managing around a few injuries in his debut season, it might be clear right now just how good Dusty Baker was at this job.

25 – Bud Black – San Diego Padres

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25 – Bud Black – San Diego Padres

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Black is getting a little bit of a lack of effort here and there it seems. He isn't to blame for it but if his team was winning more often, he would rank much higher here.

24 – John Farrell – Boston Red Sox

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24 – John Farrell – Boston Red Sox

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Farrell probably got a little too much credit last season but that is pretty standard when the team wins it all. Sure, he does a fine job but I don't think he is really the best in the AL at managing right now.

23 – Robin Ventura – Chicago White Sox

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23 – Robin Ventura – Chicago White Sox

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Last season there were a ton of people who thought Ventura should be fired but nothing like that should happen with one bad season. Sure enough he has the team winning once again this year. He is not deserving of all of the credit but he's doing the job plenty well enough to keep it.

22 – Joe Maddon – Tampa Bay Rays

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22 – Joe Maddon – Tampa Bay Rays

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Maddon has his fans and those who are not fans but he is a big part of the Rays winning every season. All the same, the front office is a huge part of that as well as they consistently give him a team that can win.

21 – Terry Collins – New York Mets

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21 – Terry Collins – New York Mets

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Collins might be one of the most underrated managers in the game in recent years. Finally as the Mets are playing a little better as a team, he might get a little more credit going forward.

20 – Ned Yost – Kansas City Royals

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20 – Ned Yost – Kansas City Royals

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It isn't really a good idea to blame the manager for the lack of success on the part of the players over a short span. Yost has a bunch right now that has struggled scoring enough runs to win. They will probably come out of it but for now they are not as good as they should be.

19 – Walt Weiss – Colorado Rockies

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19 – Walt Weiss – Colorado Rockies

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Weiss might not be the greatest manager in the world but he is the right man for the job right now for the Rockies. It is just now starting to show and as the team performs better and better, he will rise up all rankings.

18 – Clint Hurdle – Pittsburgh Pirates

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18 – Clint Hurdle – Pittsburgh Pirates

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Whether or not he should have won 2013 manager of the year, Hurdle does deserve some credit for what he did with the Pirates one year ago. This season they are having a few struggles but he is still the right man for the job.

17 – Terry Francona – Cleveland Indians

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17 – Terry Francona – Cleveland Indians

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Even if the Indians have come down to Earth a bit from their big season one year ago, Francona is still one of the best in the game at forming a team that plays together.

16 – Ryne Sandberg – Philadelphia Phillies

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16 – Ryne Sandberg – Philadelphia Phillies

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It is impossible to see the simple and quiet effort of Sandberg at the helm of one of the more struggling front office-franchises in the game and not respect him greatly. He has taken what he was given and you know what; those veterans are performing better than they have in years right now.

15 – Bo Porter – Houston Astros

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15 – Bo Porter – Houston Astros

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No matter what anyone says about Porter, there isn't a person alive that could get more effort out of that bunch of guys than Porter does. He has crafted an atmosphere where the game is played the right way or there is heck to pay. I love it.

14 – John Gibbons – Toronto Blue Jays

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14 – John Gibbons – Toronto Blue Jays

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Year in and year out Gibbons is one of the better managers. Once again he is this year but a little better production from his guys has his team near the top.

13 – Rick Renteria – Chicago Cubs

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13 – Rick Renteria – Chicago Cubs

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The Cubs have the manager that they need to take them through the coming changes with huge prospects arriving from the minors. If they get rid of this man, who has the guts to implement a 5-man infield and the skills to see it work, before those kids arrive, I might give up on the Cubs for another few years. He has it all.

12 – Brad Ausmus – Detroit Tigers

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12 – Brad Ausmus – Detroit Tigers

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Few have a better few players than Ausmus inherited with the Tigers. Still, the job of managing isn't easy. He is doing a good job in his debut season of holding the wheel.

11 – Mike Redmond – Miami Marlins

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11 – Mike Redmond – Miami Marlins

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Redmond doesn't get enough credit for what he does with a reduced payroll. He isn't that old of a manager but he consistently gets effort from these guys. This year he has improved the squad even more and they are really playing as a team.

10 – Matt Williams – Washington Nationals

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10 – Matt Williams – Washington Nationals

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Anyone who say Williams play isn't surprised at the kind of manager he is. The way he pulled Bryce Harper out for not running out a grounder is one of my favorite managing moves of the season and in quite a while. That took some stones and this man has them and could even face the press after the game with his head high.

9 – Don Mattingly – Los Angeles Dodgers

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9 – Don Mattingly – Los Angeles Dodgers

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If it weren't for the simple fact that Mattingly had such a huge payroll and some of the best players money can buy, he might be higher on this list. Then again he is one of those odd managers who is praised for his unique decisions when the team wins and slammed for not going by the book more when they lose. For now they are winning.

8 – Ron Washington – Texas Rangers

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8 – Ron Washington – Texas Rangers

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Few managers have taken more heat than Washington over the past couple of seasons but he remains one of the better managers in the game all the while. This year all he has done is take charge of a roster that has shifted massively and dealt with serious injuries and help create one of the hardest fighting teams in MLB so far.

7 – Mike Matheny – St. Louis Cardinals

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7 – Mike Matheny – St. Louis Cardinals

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Matheny has a great bunch of players but they don't always perform like they are supposed to. Regardless of what the situation, Matheny has proven himself one of the better young managers in baseball at making the right decision.

6 – Ron Gardenhire – Minnesota Twins

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6 – Ron Gardenhire – Minnesota Twins

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Gardenhire is one of the better managers in MLB and that is not something new. He consistently has had to manage with one of the lower payrolls in MLB and if you don't think that matters, you're nuts. No offense intended. This guy finally got a few more bucks spent on his roster and look what happened; they are winning a few games.

5 – Joe Girardi – New York Yankees

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5 – Joe Girardi – New York Yankees

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Every manager deserves some respect but the ones that manage through massive changes and big injuries are the most impressive. Girardi has proven himself able to manage through anything at this point and the Yankees are right at the top of their division.

4 – Bruce Bochy – San Francisco Giants

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4 – Bruce Bochy – San Francisco Giants

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Whether you are new to MLB or have been a fan for decades, you probably know well that Bochy is a good manager and has been for a very long time now. He has righted the Giants' ship this year and they are fighting for their division lead.

3 – Fredi Gonzalez – Atlanta Braves

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3 – Fredi Gonzalez – Atlanta Braves

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Like all managers, Gonzalez has his people who despise every choice he makes. Not one of them could take a team that lost three of five starters from early spring and produce the second or third best team in MLB with still the best ERA however. How many injuries does this man have to manage around before he gets the credit he deserves?

2 – Ron Roenicke – Milwaukee Brewers

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2 – Ron Roenicke – Milwaukee Brewers

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The surprise team of the 2014 MLB season just keeps going forward with the most wins in baseball. Whether or not they are going to continue playing so well, this has at least given Roenicke some well-deserved credit for the managing job he does.

1 – Bob Melvin – Oakland Athletics

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1 – Bob Melvin – Oakland Athletics

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Melvin has a solid team but it would be lunacy to ignore his influence on one of the most consistent teams in MLB. He does a good and steady job managing this team and even has dealt really well with his new closer not performing this season.